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Re: Always free?

On Fri, Feb 07, 2003 at 10:29:58AM +0200, Kalle Kivimaa wrote:
> Sean 'Shaleh' Perry <shalehperry@attbi.com> writes:
> > The author can not take away ant rights that were granted.  Of
> > course this is my interpretation of comments made here and
> > elsewhere.  Anyone else care to weigh in?

> IANAL but this has been discussed extensively in for example Slashdot,
> and the current theory of licensing in the US and probably in EU as
> well is that a non-profit license can be revoked. It would mean that
> the copies in existence would stay legal but you couldn't distribute
> them any longer. The key here is that if the licensee compensates the
> licenser in any way, then the license can not be revoked, but if no
> compensation is made, then the license may be revoked by the licenser
> at will.

So the solution is to make sure the copyright holder of any works you're
using/distributing is already beholden to you because their work is a
derived work of your own GPL code.


Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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